Black Horse Bus Line

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jmarksbery, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    Yep it's me again. I made this little jewel on the computer and then made a card stock mock up of it. I am thinking of going to the LHS and try to find some square stock clear to make the body and perhaps make some molds or what ever. Any comment would help, as how to make, change or the like. Thanks, Jim :rolleyes:

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That's neat! The mock up would look good in a background scene as it is!
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    After my Dad retired from the Fire Dept., he drove charter busses. I'll never forget the cheese eating grin on his face when he found himself the only passenger on a Trailways to Ocean City, MD. He managed to convince the driver that it was time to see how fast that Silver Eagle could go. They got it to 120mph before they decided it was wise to bring it back down to earth. Thanks for the memories, great work on that mockup.
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Another Masterpiece!!

    Another fantastic model, Jim!
    And man, I love that classy joint they've stopprd at!
    :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
  5. Blake

    Blake Member

    Well that's just silly! It looks great as it is. How can that be? I'm trying that. You are a clever man Jim. If I can actually come up with something, I'll post it.
  6. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Look around for...

    ...Bachmann sets of their early bubble pack car sets. It has a Greyhound bus- you know the GMC!

    I just saw one the other day. If ya need it- lemme know- I don't know what they were asking.

    I actually wrote to GMC and received way too much information about their buses- this one had an axel that would hydraulically "let down"- and this one had a bathroom that disappeaered when they wanted to convert it into a casino, then this model had a...

    Mark (remembering the PTC)
  7. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    My Thoughts on This

    I think your mock up looks promising. I understand your need to have input on how to make it better, so let me try and give you some ideas.

    1. Perhaps you could find some wheels for it. This would add to the 3D aspect of the model.

    2. Make the windows a very dark gray. Like the windows are tinted. Then you don't need an interior. Even if you use clear plastic on the windows, you could paint the insides black. Also, cut out the windows and glue the plastic to the inside would give you an edge around the windows.

    3. Make a second copy of the sides and cut the lower sides out and glue them to the sides of the model. This would give you some relief from the flat surface. Also a strip down over the tops of the windows and over the wheel wells. The grill on the front and the headlights would bennifit from this idea too. And so would the bumpers.

    4. Make a mock up of the dash and drivers seat, and any other pannels that would normaly be seen through the front window. You cold even add a front seat and put some passengers on it.

    5. Cover the whole model with a clear coat to give it a shine. You could use Weldbond white glue and just paint it on with a soft brush. This would make the printed detail look better too.

    6. Put real head lights and tail lights in it. I would cut out the destination marker sign and put a light behind that too. You could use a piece of paper for the sign once you cut out the area, and print a destination on the paper with your printer. The ambiant light shining down inside the cab would light up the driver and the front seat, and could be masked with some thin blue paper or blue gel to give it the look of dash lights and mute the glare of the bare bulb.

    7. You could use fiber optics to illuminate the marker lights and run the fibers from the tail lights and the head lights.

    8. The only other thing I would do would be to make the roof have a slight curve to it. Most busses and large vehicles have a curved roof to help the rain run off, and this would offset the flat look of the rest of the model.

    Your model has made me think of other vehicles that have a rather square look to them. Like Postal trucks, bread and milk trucks and delivery vans.

    I hope this gives you an idea or two on how to improve your already good model. :D


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